November 30, 2009

It Is No Longer About the Killer Application

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November 30, 2009, 12:55 pm

Over the past few weeks, I have been busy. My regular job, my hobby and working with the folks at Linux Journal. Along the way, I have been thinking about the Open Source world more than I have in the past. And as I have been talking about it with people, I have been getting the standard responses you might expect. An email from my friend Karl, in response to an email I sent, seemed to sum it all up:

I have an Ubuntu disk around here somewhere but I don't have any compelling reason to make the change. Some years ago I set up a computer with Linux and played around with it just long enough to lose the ability to open the desktop. It lasted maybe half an hour before it was broken. Never had that problem with Windows so I promptly reinstalled Win XP. There is probably no doubt that Linux is better than Windows but unless there is some killer app that requires Linux there won't be any mass migration to it.

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